The Tuscan Archipelago

Thursday, May 17, 2012


When one thinks of Tuscany, villas, vineyards and rolling green landscapes immediately come to mind. However, the region has even more natural wonders waiting to be discovered, some of them not as well-known as the region’s main attractions, but no less worthy of a visit.

Such is the case with the Tuscan Archipelago, a group of seven islands that form the protected area known as the Tuscan Archipelago Natural Park - incidentally the largest marine park in Europe. And while interested visitors will not find many Tuscany villas in either of these islands – due to the fact that they are protected wildlife areas -  they are still well worth a visit, if only to discover a less explored side of Tuscany!

The economy of Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Giannutri, Montecristo, Gorgona and Pianosa – each with very distinct identities, from sandy Elba to deserted, leafy Montecristo -  revolves primarily around fishing, wine production and tourism, the latter of which is a booming trade despite the relative dearth of Tuscany villas to rent. Their main attraction factor, however, is the stunning array of fauna and flora, sure to enchant and enthral nature lovers. Those with sportier inclinations may also enjoy the wealth of opportunities for water sports, including kayaking and scuba diving on the pristine, unspoiled, crystalline waters. And to top off your glorious day of mingling with nature, why not enjoy a hearty, typically Tuscan meal - complete with a good bottle of wine – in one of the island’s many restaurants?

It is clear, then, that a visit to the Tuscan Archipelago is a must for any nature lovers visiting the region. So, if you are planning a holiday in Southern Italy anytime soon, make sure to include these seven jewels in your itinerary!

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